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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:00pm

IRCS Conference Room

Dan Jurafsky
Department of Linguistics
Department of Computer Science
Stanford University

Extracting Social Meaning from Language: The Computational Linguistics of Food and the Spread of Innovation

I summarize recent projects from our lab in the computational extraction of social meaning from language. We explore the relationship between language, economics and social psychology in the language of restaurant menus and reviews, and we use linguistic information to investigate different aspects of the spread of innovation: the role of interdisciplinarity in the spread of scientific innovation, and the role that people's lifecycle in a community plays in spreading linguistic innovation.


Dan Jurafsky is Professor and Chair of Linguistics, and Professor of Computer Science, at Stanford University. He is the co-author of the widely-used textbook "Speech and Language Processing”, co-created one of the first massively open online courses, Stanford's course in Natural Language Processing, and is the recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship. His trade book “The Language of Food” comes out September 2014. His research focuses on computational linguistics, as well as its application to the social and behavioral sciences.